|[November 12, 2012]
SYSPRO ERP User Columbia Manufacturing Again Honored for Green Leadership
COSTA MESA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
SYSPRO, a developer of best-of-breed, award-winning enterprise resource
software for on-premise and cloud-based utilization, has announced that
SYSPRO ERP user, Columbia Manufacturing, has again been honored by
Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine in the publication's
November/December issue for outstanding green and sustainability
practices. This newest award is the latest in a list of green leadership
awards garnered by Columbia, which credits the company's utilization of
SYSPRO ERP software as a key factor in the company's ability to adopt
green sustainability practices.
Ali Salehi, Columbia Manufacturing Sr. Vice President, references the
ways SYSPRO software functionality has been instrumental to the
establishment of Columbia's green practices, noting, "We could not
operate without SYSPRO.
"This is a very cyclical business," he says. "The schools get out in May
and June, and they want their products in the very short window of July
1 through Labor Day. Therefore, we get a huge demand in an 8 - 12 week
period. SYSPRO functionality, however, expedites material resource
planning and purchasing while SYSPRO forecasting enables, as it were,
our ability to 'see the future' so we can regulate our purchase of
chemicals, water usage, electricity and all the items related to our
manufacturing of school furniture.
"For example," he says, "SYSPRO data contributed to our plating
operation's water usage reduction - from 150,000 gallons per day to
3,000 gallons per day - also reducing chrome usage by 93% and nickel
purchases by 75%." Columbia's environmental safeguards also include the
recycling of all waste steel, corrugation, wood and trash. The latter
goes to a plant, where it's converted into fuel cells for power plants.
Salehi points out that Columbia has been utilizing SYSPRO ER software
since 2004, selected on the recommendation of a search committee tasked
with seeking a replacement to the company's incumbent, outdated ERP
system. SYSPRO was the choice from a field of 15 candidates. "We found
SYSPRO to be the most adaptive to the nature of our business and
unsurpassed for flexibility, ease of use and training," says Salehi.
The following is a list of Columbia's environmental achievements, many
of which were facilitated utilizing SYSPRO ERP software:
Elimination of 100% of all V.O.C.'s with a painting operation that is
100% powder coating.
Reduction of water usage from 150,000 gallons/day to 3,000 gallons/day.
Using 100% recycled wood flour in hard plastic seats, backs and tops.
Using up to 25% recycled post industrial products in soft plastic
Recycling 100% of excess wood products and pallets.
Recycling 100% cardboard and paper products.
Recycling 100% of scrap steel.
Recycled wood and paper products are converted to fuel cell cubes
replacing coal in power generator plants.
About Columbia Manufacturing
Columbia Manufacturing, Inc., is a privately owned company located at
One Cycle Street, Westfield, Massachusetts. Columbia, originally founded
in 1877 by Colonel Albert Pope, established itself as the premier
bicycle manufacturer of America's First Bicycle. As a way to diversify
its product line and to help keep the factory busy in the slow periods,
Columbia started manufacturing school furniture in 1952 and today is
considered to be the manufacturer of the finest school furniture in
Columbia's facility sits on 36 acres with the original factory as its
core. Over the years it has expanded and currently has approximately
300,000 square feet of usable manufacturing space.
For more information: call: 413-562-3664 or go to: www.columbiamfginc.com
SYSPRO has earned the trust of more than 14,500 companies globally for
its suite of visionary software that enhances the competitive thrust of
small/mid-sized manufacturers and distributors. The company's adherence
to developing technology based on the needs of customers is among the
reasons why SYSPRO
enjoys one of the highest customer retention rates in the industry.
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